Pediatric dentists, and parents alike, agree on the importance of starting our children off on the right path to good oral hygiene, but it is just as important that they learn the right way to practice the habits that will help to achieve that goal.
Brushing several times a day, after meals and snacks, is recommended. Dentists suggest that children start brushing with a soft bristle toothbrush, moving it in circles around the teeth, not straight up and down, in order to reach between the teeth, and remove any remaining food particles. Angling the brush will allow it to reach under the gum line. Parents should encourage their children to take plenty of time, move slowly, and brush every part of their mouth thoroughly, including their tongue, in order to have a clean, and fresh feeling mouth.
If your child wears braces, your pediatric dentist will recommend using a proxabrush. It is especially designed to work around the wires, and fasteners, to get between the teeth. It will keep metal appliances clean, at the same time.
Of course, younger children will need some parental supervision when it comes to brushing, to make sure they use the toothpaste sparingly, and that they rinse well to avoid swallowing any of it.
Brushing alone may not get rid of every hidden food particle, so flossing takes over where brushing leaves off. Children should start by using a soft, flexible flossing product that won’t irritate their gums. Parents can show them how to guide the floss in and out between the teeth, until they get the knack of it. Flossing before bedtime will help prevent bacteria from forming overnight.
It is not unusual to notice a little bleeding of the gums when your child first begins to floss, but if it should continue for any length of time, let your dentist know.
At Dentist 4 Kidz, located in Aurora, CO the focus is on early prevention. To this end, the office has been decorated with the patients in mind. Every effort has been made to create a friendly atmosphere that children will want to visit. Call for appointment information @ 303-367-1502.